I‘m back from a short sabbatical with a new dose of Best of Indie. Here’s a rundown of the best bargains in indie fiction. It’s a big week for thrillers and suspense, along with horror, fantasy adventure and romance.
All titles range from free to $3.99. And our Indie Film of the Week is “The Assistant,” which offers a brutal takedown of Harvey Weinstein and his company’s creepy hands-on culture.
This week’s curated picks of quality ebooks at bargain prices:
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Psychological suspense: Lisa, a troubled young woman with a past, can’t believe her luck when she finds a beautiful room to rent in a large house. The live-in owners are a kind and welcoming couple. Everything is fine until she finds a suicide note hidden in her room. But when the couple insists there was no previous tenant, Lisa begins to doubt herself. As the house and its secrets begin to close in on Lisa, she descends into a hellish hall of mirrors where she’s not sure what’s real and what’s not. Lee Child calls it “the scariest, creepiest and best psychological suspense you’ll read this year.”
Domestic thriller: After running fast and far from her painful childhood, Jill Shannon has made it. She has a successful career and is married to Detective Alex Shannon. Together they live out what seems to be a perfect life in Seattle. The vow she made as a teenager to never again be a victim lies dormant—until an interview with a reporter brings it all rushing back. The encounter propels Jill down a trail of deceit and forces Jill and Alex to confront a dark present and deadly danger that grows nearer.
Top ebook deals of the week
Horror: Nine strangers, linked by the inner whisperings of a mysterious little girl. Each must piece together the origins of their other-worldly abilities and the location of the white manor, where they will be reunited, and the questions that have plagued their existence will finally be answered. But someone else marks their every step.
This epic tale covers half the globe, as it follows each character into the darkest recesses of their souls.
Thriller: Once a celebrated reporter, Tom Reed’s world shatters when he fears he may be responsible for an innocent man’s death. A solid entry from an author whose “tense, taut writing makes every thriller he writes an adrenaline-packed ride,” says Tess Gerritsen. The title has 1,600+ five-star ratings on Goodreads.
Crime fiction: When grant investigator Samuel Todd looks into a Nobel Prize–winning scientist’s latest research, he uncovers secrets beyond his worst nightmares. A thrilling tale that “will surprise and chill you,” writes the Chicago Tribune.
Romantic suspense: Three girls disappear on prom night at the local high school. One of them is the prom queen. FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas is chasing her long-lost sister when detective—and boyfriend—Matt Miller asks her to join the investigation of the three girls’ disappearance. When the body of a young girl shows up in her backyard, Eva Rae knows she can no longer watch from the sidelines – and soon she realizes she’s also this killer’s target.
Fantasy adventure: As a secret war rages, can Templar Knight Cade Williams defeat a cabal of necromancers while battling his own demons? “A solid kickoff to the Templar Chronicles series. It’s “a breakneck-paced thriller that delivers on the thrills and tosses in more than a few more chills,” says NY Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
Hard-boiled mystery: In New Hampshire, police chief Sam and sergeant Jody are working the case of a drowned woman when a startling discovery points to a murderer in their midst. This engaging small-town procedural has more than 1,300 ratings on Goodreads.
Contemporary romance: A breathtaking love story from a NY Times bestselling author: Olivia and Dylan have a passionate connection, but do they have a future together? “An incredibly sexy contemporary romance that’s impossible to put down!” says bestselling romance author Rachel Van Dyken.
Indie Film Watch
Julia Garner in “The Assistant” (2020).
Built out of painstaking research into the working conditions under Harvey Weinstein and how they affected young women on the staff, Kitty Green’s “The Assistant” unfolds with a languid pace, drawing us in deeper into the harrowing culture at the center of the Weinstein empire until the cumulative weight of the indignities endured by the character played by Julia Garner propels her to action.
“’The Assistant’” is a significant cultural statement in cinematic form,” writes IndieWire.
Now in theaters, coming soon to Netflix and other streaming and DVD services.